Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) combines aspects of acceptance and mindfulness approaches with behavior-change strategies, in an effort to help clients develop psychological flexibility. Therapists and counselors who employ ACT seek to help clients identify the ways that their efforts to suppress or control emotional experiences can create barriers. When clients are able to identify these challenges, it can be easier to make positive and lasting changes. Think this approach may work for you? Contact one of TherapyDen’s ACT specialists today to try it out.

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I have trained and practiced with ACT as my primary theoretical modality since 2006. I have been fortunate to train with the 3 founders of the approach and it has strong research support. ACT is useful in treating a variety of concerns focusing you on what is truly important to you as a North Star for growth. ACT also includes recognizing your areas of avoidance or developing presence and allowing space for you to cultivate a more values-based meaningful life.

— Tera Lensegrav-Benson, Psychologist in , UT

Acceptance and commitment therapy is a type of mindful psychotherapy that helps you stay focused on the present moment and accept thoughts and feelings without judgment. It works by focusing on accepting life experiences as they come without evaluating or trying to change them. ACT aims to help you move forward through difficult emotions so you can put your energy into healing and living in line with your values.

— E Ardron, Marriage & Family Therapist in Chicago, IL
 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) encourages you to embrace your thoughts and feelings rather than fighting or feeling guilty for them. ACT develops psychological flexibility. It is a form of behavioral therapy that combines mindfulness skills with the practice of self-acceptance.

— Deena Patel, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

ACT is a newer treatment that uses elements of cognitive behavior therapy, acceptance and mindfulness. It helps people disengage from suffering and move toward a life that is more consistent with their values and goals. Ultimately, ACT helps you become more flexible in your way of thinking which leads to increased happiness and less engagement with negative emotions.

— Camden Baucke, Clinical Psychologist in Ann Arbor, MI
 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychotherapy model that works to identify and accept inner emotions and feelings, using mindfulness; a client can then commit to making necessary changes in their behavior, resulting in a more psychological flexibility.

— Beth Darby, Clinical Social Worker in Brentwood, TN

I recently attended an extensive training on ACT and was greatly inspired. Being a member of the ACBS keeps me connected to other ACT therapist as well as guidance in providing ACT therapies effectively and updates within the ACT model. I also engage in group consultation monthly, self reflection, and continued self education on ACT.

— Katherine Doyle, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is the cornerstone of my work. The goal under our work is to increase psychological flexibility. By connecting clients with their values, they feel empowered to behave and decide in ways that are affirming for them, work on being adaptive and open when unwanted moments naturally arise, and work to increase healthy ways of responding to life's many changes and demands.

— Joey Salvatore, Counselor in Bethesda, MD

My primary approach is Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) - and I have multiple trainings in using ACT working with anxiety, grief, depression, and stress. I also apply ACT when working with people experiencing insomnia.

— Heather Ackles, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR
 

ACT can help you experience your thoughts, feelings and sensations while still doing the things you value in your life.

— North Shore OCD Women's Treatment Center, Ltd. Kathi Fine Abitbol, PhD, Clinical Psychologist in Deerfield, IL

ACT is a cognitive-behavioral approach to therapy that incorporates mindfulness and acceptance-based interventions with the aim of helping clients become more attuned to their present-moment experience, and to come into greater alignment with who and what really matters. ACT is the primary form of CBT that I practice and I have attended several intensive trainings with the founders of this approach.

— Arthur Dalton, Clinical Psychologist
 

Our clinicians often utilize an ACT approach, in conjunction with other modalities based on the individual.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a form of psychological treatment that fosters acceptance of our innermost thoughts and feelings and a commitment to moving in a direction of our values. It emphasizes acknowledging our difficult thoughts and feelings, rather than trying to deny them, and changing our reaction to those thoughts.

— Bridget Jones, Clinical Psychologist in Dayton, OH
 

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a type of psychotherapy based on the principles of mindfulness and value-based living. It is an evidence-based form of psychological intervention used to treat a variety of mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance use disorders. ACT helps individuals to accept their thoughts, feelings, and sensations without judgement, and to commit to acting in accordance with values that are important to them.

— Matt Kirby, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy uses acceptance and mindfulness strategies along with commitment and behavior-change strategies to increase psychological flexibility. Increased psychological flexibility helps you cope with life changes or life problems by helping you expand your outlook and choose behaviors in times of stress that align with your values.

— Nicole Iwule, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Orlando, FL
 

We experience challenging feelings for a reason. I find that ACT helps us to make peace with these inner experiences and, rather than fighting against them, helps us to accept and use them as you move forward in your life.

— Annie Holleman, Psychologist in Austin, TX